As reported on AAA yesterday, a surprise new Prince EP was to be released this week – but it appears to have been pulled after the late singer’s estate filed a lawsuit seeking to block it.
The six-track EP, titled Deliverance, was due to drop tomorrow (April 21) to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. However, the EP’s pre-order page has now vanished from iTunes and its title track, which debuted yesterday, is no longer on any streaming sites. According to reports, this comes as a direct result of the lawsuit.
Prince co-wrote and co-produced all the songs on Deliverance with Ian Boxill, who completed the tracks following his death. But it was reported yesterday that Paisley Park and Prince’s estate have filed a joint lawsuit against Boxill, accusing him of “trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince estate”.
The lawsuit argues that Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement with the late star that stated all music they worked on “would remain Prince’s sole and exclusive property.” It is also claimed that Boxill agreed that he “would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever” and that “he would return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request.”
Explaining why the EP was being released independently, Boxhill said in the press release “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public.
“When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent, because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
Prince died at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis last April.
The singer was found in an unresponsive state in a lift on the first floor of Paisley Park. Emergency services performed CPR, but were unable to revive the superstar.
Prince was pronounced dead at the scene.